As we lead up to our Gratitude Gala 2016 , we are excited to highlight the 2016 LiFe Award Recipients; Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Dorian Baroni, and Alexandra Bell.
Alexandra Bell completed EFLI’s Activating Leadership Program in 2013, and now continues to support EFLI’s growth by spearheading the efforts to bring EFLI to Japan. Join us December 9 at our Gratitude Gala 2016, where will honor her passion and embodiment of EFLI values in the world.
Alexandra took the time to answer our questions about life, leadership, and inspiration. Please read on for her courageous and inspired answers.
What does being a member of the EFLI community mean to you?
AB: The summer I participated in Activating Leadership, EFLI provided me with a community of women who listened, supported, and learned with me when I needed it most. Ever since, the EFLI community has been a second home to me. I have learned so much at EFLI and continue to value and embody EFLI philosophies and practices in my life. EFLI pushes me from a place of love, which has helped me grow as a person. EFLI encourages me to pursue my passions and dreams. Through my work continuing to support EFLI's growth, I have been able to meet with incredible women organizers in Japan and, this past summer, had the opportunity to co-facilitate a workshop with my sister on art and social change. The EFLI community has become a second family for me that is ever growing and evolving. I know that whatever I do and wherever I go in life, I have a community of people who will support me through it.
How would you describe your leadership style?
AB: My leadership style is constantly changing and evolving as I continue to learn and grow. Key aspects of my leadership style I would say are listening, positivity, and collaboration.
- Listening: I believe listening is really important in leadership because not enough people in power actually listen to others, choosing instead to silence them. I work to practice real, deep listening with everyone I engage in conversation with.
- Positivity: I am a very positive and optimistic person and maintain these attributes as a leader. I try to see the best in every situation and have a positive attitude when working. I work from a place of love, anger, and hope and I try to emulate this when working with others and in leadership roles.
- Collaboration: I believe that when everyone is able to actively participate in a project, the project is only strengthened. We all have so much to learn from one another.
What is the biggest challenge you see facing young people today?
AB: I think young people face many challenges that are unique to the individual and are not faced alone. Before joining EFLI, I felt really isolated. Even though I had friends in school and played on sports teams, I still felt alone. Through EFLI I saw that the challenges I was facing were valid and real. I learned the language to name these struggles and found a community to work through them with. I believe it is really important for all people to have communities that are founded on deep love, support, and connection and don't think we have enough of these spaces for young people.
Who inspires you, and why?
AB: My mom inspires me, each and everyday. I am inspired by her strength, compassion, love, wisdom, confidence, and resilience.
If you had 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?
AB: Passionate, caring, reflective